The Daily Dirt

Meet Our New(ish) Staffer!

Photo by Maura Friedman

Development Coordinator Kate Klein has been lighting up our lives since January, but we’re only just now getting down to an introductory blog post because between our conference last month, taking on membership duties, and writing dynamite member spotlights posts for this blog, she’s been a busy woman!

What was your previous job?
I worked as the Campus Food Day Coordinator and Regional Field Organizer for Real Food Challenge. The primary campaign is to help college students shift $1 billion of university food purchasing away from industrial farms and junk food and towards local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound, and humane food sources—“real food”—by 2020.

Who/what has inspired you to do the work you are doing today?
In college, I became quickly overwhelmed with the harsh realities of the CAFO and industrial ag’s severe toll on our environment. I ran into some folks at Real Food Challenge, most notably my mentors Nina and David, who helped me develop the skills, tools, and confidence to build powerful campus campaigns for real food. Throughout that time, I got to work with tons of resilient, justice-seeking better-world-builders, and I was hooked.

What do you want to accomplish for Georgia’s farmers?
I want to shape a robust statewide support network so that farmers can pursue a healthier, cleaner, more just Georgia with ease. I want their occupation to be admired and respected.

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